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Constancy Amidst Change


Change is a fact of life. No matter how much I resist or fight it, change will happen. Sometimes it’s momentous and can feel disconcerting or disorienting. Other times it’s more subtle, and we barely notice it. Yes, change is inevitable.

As we conclude our series on The End, we have been hearing and reading about some “changes” that are occurring, heralding the end of the world. But through it all, there is one constant: Jesus Christ.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

I find it interesting that Revelation—a book filled with eye-popping, jaw-dropping examples of “changes” that are coming—begins with a reassurance about the One who does not change. John greets the churches with some of these same words in verse 4, but it’s God Himself who speaks to His people in verse 8.

He seems to say, “There are changes coming. The End is coming. But I remain the same.” As I consider the return of Jesus and the end of the world, this verse brings me hope. It’s a reminder that the One returning is the same One who calls us to take His yoke upon us (Matthew 11:29). It is the same Jesus who forgave the woman who should have been stoned for her adultery (John 8:11).

Is The End frightening? Sometimes. But those who know Jesus can be at peace. Not because we are special or more important or wiser than others, but because we trust in the Unchanging One. The one who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The One who was born to die that we might live.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. Revelation 22:20-21


The Party to End All Parties


San Francisco versus the Baltimore Ravens. That’s the matchup this weekend for the Super Bowl, the culmination of a long (and yet seemingly short) season of football. My wife always rejoices when we get here because it means the football season is finally over.

Of course, with the Super Bowl also comes some great parties. Whether you like football or not, there’s a good chance you’ve been to a Super Bowl party. Maybe you went for the joy of watching the game with other fans. Maybe you went to watch the commercials and see what clever new ads are released. Maybe you just went to be with others and visit.

Whatever your reasons, getting invited to the big party is always fun. Maybe it’s not a Super Bowl party, but a birthday celebration. Or a wedding. Or perhaps it’s just a party for the sake of getting together and having fun.

God has invited us to a special party, a party unlike any others. It kicks off when He returns and will last forever:

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13

What will happen at the end of time? For those who trust in Jesus, we get to start a never-ending celebration. You don’t have to bring anything. You don’t have to clean your house and get it perfect for the big day. You simply need to come. Jesus is calling you, inviting you to trust in Him and join Him for the party to end all parties.

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:17

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